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Popular subjects in contemporary Pagan culture and practice.

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Animal Relationships: Predator and Prey

Among the animal relationships, the one that bothers people is predator and prey. In understanding that all animals must eat to survive, people can accept the dynamic between predators and their prey. One aspect of this relationship is that they keep each other in check. For example, prairie dogs would breed uncontrollably unless black-footed ferrets hunted them. Crudely speaking, the number of prairie dogs determine the number of ferrets. The predator and prey relationship is the “ying and yang” of nature.

From a prey’s point of view, predators teach defense skills. When confronted with danger, prairie dogs will bark a warning, and hide in their burrows. Meanwhile, manatees will swim away, and sloths will hide in plain sight. A hedgehog will roll into a ball that a fox cannot open up. The grey kangaroo will stand her ground and kick the dingo to death.

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When the World Turns Sideways

This morning, I woke up early to go to a seminar for work.  I stumbled into the bathroom to brush my teeth with Jow trailing behind me.  We’re making little dumb barely awake jokes at each other, but I know by his face and his tone that the news isn’t good.  But still, we talk around our toothbrushes and I want to keep this moment a little longer before I feel that death drop of the world rearranging itself out from under me.

I haven’t talked about politics too much here.  I mean, you know I’m a feminist so it’s not that hard to extrapolate the vague positioning.  Ever since I wrote about Disney, my mother, being adopted and Tangled on Witches & Pagans and I was accused of being a kidnapper sympathizer in the comments (among other things), I’ve been really leary of polarizing topics.

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What to Do Next

Start a batch of yogurt.

Learn a new song.

Clear out the garden.

Start planning next year's garden.

Plan next week's Full Moon ritual.

Read a good book.

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    Michelle says #
    Love. MUCH needed words. THANK you for this. I have been so upset. PANIC attacks and true fear for myself but mostly those I love.
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    Thank you. That really actually helped. We turn the wheel.

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Local Horns

Wherever he goes, he wears the local horns, and sits among the local animals.

He of the Prairie, with bison, wolf, and jackrabbit.

He of the Forest, with deer, fox, and bear.

He of the Savannah, with elephant, giraffe, and antelope.

He of the Outback, with kangaroo, goanna, and dingo.

He of the Tundra, he of the Taiga, he of the Rainforest.

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10 Things Overheard in a Witch's House
  1. Where’s my sage?

  2. Where’s my pendulum?

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    Good one! I'm always loosing my matches - which is not as funny as those on your list.

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Call It Catharsis

 Remember, remember, the fifth of November.


It must have been the ugliest pinata ever.

Since we were a young coven (36 now, and going strong), the Fifth Day of Samhain has for us been a night when magic and politics meet.

It's been a mild autumn, so we gathered in the back yard—gold above, gold below—to bless the leftover Halloween candy.

Then we cut a hole in his neck and stuffed in the sweets.

Gods, that orange hair.


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Was 'Eko Eko Azarak' Originally an Arabic Chant to the Devil?

Over the years, amateur philologists have done their share of (frequently amusing and rarely lasting) damage to Craft history.

So indulge me while I spin my tale.

Eko eko Azarak,

eko eko Zamilak.

Various versions of this mysterious little rhyme (often sporting the variant Zomelak) occur in most recensions of the Book of Shadows. Doreen Valiente appended it to her chant The Witches' Rune some time during the 1950s, and Wiccans have been using it to raise power ever since.

Craft historian Ron Hutton traces these lines to an article published in 1926 by 'Uncle' Al Crowley's erstwhile buddy J. F. C. Fuller. There he claimed it as 'a sorcerer's cry in the Middle Ages.' Of this claim, Hutton wryly observes that Fuller 'did not cite any source for it, and none has since been discovered' (Hutton 232).

But what if it's Arabic?

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